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Harriet Manamela

Full / Real Name: Harriet Lehabe
Gender: Female

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Harriet Manamela is a South African actress best known for her starring role as Meikie Maputla in the SABC1 youth soapie Skeem Saam, debuting in the series premiere on 13 October, 2011.

She also appeared in the 2006 mini-series When We Were Black.

Born in 1971 in Diepkloof, Manamela matriculated from St. Anthony's Centre in Boksburg. She joined Squints Artists Community Theatre Group in Alexandra and performed in The Virus and Let's Talk About Aids at The Market Theatre Laboratory Annual Festival.

With The Market Theatre Laboratory drama school she performed in Broken Dreams, appeared in Theatre Sports for SABC3, toured Sweden with Gommorah, Koze Kuse Bash, Ways of Dying, Bozoli at The Market Theatre and The Grahamstown Arts Festival.

She also performed for the Young Writers Festival at The Market Theatre for two years.

Her television career started in 1998 with Soul City, Isidingo, Yizo Yizo II, Justice For All II & III, Zero Tolerance, Soul Buddyz and Behind The Badge.

Films include Dr Lucille, Hijack Stories, Country of My Skull and Yesterday. She played the lead in My Other Mother.

In 2013 she joined the e.tv soapie Rhythm City in the role of Nomzamo, Suffocate's alcoholic mother who has been drinking heavily for decades and uses alcohol as a coping mechanism.

She scooped a SAFTA for Best Supporting Actress in 2012 for her role in the film Life Above All and was once nominated in the Vita award for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in the soap Isidingo.

In 2014 she had a starring role as Elizabeth Malinga, an optimist with strong moral values, but she's learnt not to trust the rich and their empty promises, in the SABC2 drama series Swartwater.

Also in 2014, she starred as Dieketseng Mofokeng, the sister of Dibuseng Makwarela (Nthati Moshesh), who is forced to help her sibling fight for her forgotten values, in the SABC2 thriller series Thola.

In the same year, she had a guest starring role in Episode 9 of the SABC1 docu-drama series Ngempela.


Television Roles

Show

Character

Headmistress

Lebo

Nomzamo

Meikie Maputla

Meikie Maputla

Meikie Maputla

Meikie Maputla

Meikie Maputla

Meikie Maputla

Meikie Maputla

Meikie Maputla

Meikie Maputla

Meikie Maputla

Ntombi Ntshebe

Defence Attorney (as Harriet Lehabe)

Thandeka Maponya

Thandeka Maponya

Elizabeth Malinga

Glory Laqhasha

Gladys Sedibe

Dieketseng Mofokeng

Dieketseng Mofokeng

Ausi Tshidi

Ausi Tshidi

Busi Dlamini

Aunty

Nurse

Herself

Lebo Mahlangu

Ma Calista

Aunt Felicia

Aunt Felicia


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